Mycorrhiza

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 171–172

Good-Enough RFLP Matcher (GERM) program

  • Ian A. Dickie
  • Peter G. Avis
  • David J. McLaughlin
  • Peter B. Reich
Short Note

DOI: 10.1007/s00572-003-0225-x

Cite this article as:
Dickie, I.A., Avis, P.G., McLaughlin, D.J. et al. Mycorrhiza (2003) 13: 171. doi:10.1007/s00572-003-0225-x

Abstract

A spreadsheet-based program (Good-Enough RFLP Matcher or GERM) is presented that matches unknown restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) patterns of ectomycorrhizal fungi to a database of known ectomycorrhizal fungi. The program uses three simple methods to determine whether a sample matches a known: (1) Forward Matching: whether every band in the unknown is present in a known sample within a given error range; (2) Backward Matching: whether every band in the known sample is present in the unknown within a given error range; (3) Sum of Bands: whether the sum of all bands in the known and unknown are similar within a given error range. The program is available through the web page of this journal.

Keywords

Ectomycorrhiza Fungi Identification 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian A. Dickie
    • 1
  • Peter G. Avis
    • 2
  • David J. McLaughlin
    • 2
  • Peter B. Reich
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Forest ResourcesUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

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